Liam Fox says Brexit agreement 'a bullet we have to bite'

Conservative MP Liam Fox speaking during a visit to Newry on Friday

CONSERVATIVE trade secretary Liam Fox has said the draft EU withdrawal agreement is "a bullet we have to bite".

The North Somerset MP was speaking during a visit to Newry yesterday for the Board of Trade Awards.

He described as "encouraging" the latest EU political declaration, which commits to looking at a 'technological solution' to address the Irish border.

Mr Fox, who voted Leave in the 2016 referendum, said: "People in parliament will have to take a decision on whether they are going to block the democratic decision of the public."

He said the British government's aim was to ensure "we never get to the backstop", and that he hoped that issue would be addressed through the future relationship between the UK and the EU.

"The paper we published yesterday sets out a number of alternative arrangements to deal with the border, which is a big improvement on where we've been before," he told the BBC.

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